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Acciona consortium wins $525m Vancouver wastewater PPP

The group of developers will design and build a wastewater treatment facility north of Vancouver that will serve 200,000 residents.

An Acciona Infrastructure-led consortium has been selected to build a C$700 million ($525 million; €495 million) wastewater treatment facility outside of Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver, the procuring authority for the Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, awarded a contract for a consortium including Acciona, Dialog Design, Amec Foster Wheeler and TetraTech to design and build the new facility.

The Lions Gate plant has also received C$213.3 million from the Canadian government and up to C$193 million from British Columbia.

The new facility will replace an older plant in the area, providing secondary sewage treatment services to about 200,000 in districts surrounding the City of North Vancouver, as well as First Nations communities. Metro Vancouver will maintain and operate the new facility, and the old facility will be deconstructed and the lands turned over to First Nations communities.

Construction on the Lions Gate facility is expected to begin this year and reach operation in December 2020.

Based in Spain, Acciona has developed infrastructure projects in Canada for over 15 years. The firm has installed over 200MW of renewable energy projects in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick and has developed hospitals in British Columbia.